27 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Be an 'Autism Parent'

When parents of kids with autism aren’t running from therapy to therapy, advocating for their child’s rights or doing everything they can to keep their young one happy and healthy, they’re apparently collecting some of the Internet’s best memes.

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Since many parents of children with autism know a sense of humor can be key to accepting a new normal, we asked our readers to share their favorite autism-related memes.

Here’s what you sent us:

1. 

FYI, your 1 million YouTube hits are from one autistic child.
Via Patty Toma Young

2.

all these other moms are talking about honor roll, dance recitals, softball games, gymnastics meets and I'm sitting here like woo hoo! she tired a new food and her socks didn't bother her!
Via Megan Hufton

3. 

other parents watching kids at the playground vs. autism parents watching kids at the playground
Via Gemma Uí Mhurchú

4.

 

autism: around since noah lined up all the animals and counted them
Via Jessica Grainger

5.

everyone with autism was born as a result of sex; sex causes autism
Via Amy Kenny

6.

autism is not a tragedy, running out of bacon is. also ignorance but mostly the bacon thing
Via Katja BF

7.

you might be an autism parent if your kid can name all 63 moons of jupiter but cannot tell you what they want for lunch
Via Kristalyn Murphy

8.

make a sensory bin out of beans they said. it'll be fun, they said.
Via Jean Hong

9.

why don't we just get a babysitter? hahaha!
Via Melissa Cote

10.

is it my imagination or is your kid on the verge of death? actually she just noticed her shirt has a scratchy tag in it. so yes.
Via JenRaia Lombardi

11.

when i'm out and spot another autism mom
Via LK Mackey

12.

spent hundreds on toys, favorite thing is a big rock
Via Tori Manning

13.

autism parents be like, this ketchup will last a whole week
Via Michelle Storey

14.

that moment when someone tells you sorry when you tell them your child has autism
Via Debi Warren

15.

oh, you met one other autistic kid? let me take notes now that you are an expert on autism
Via Amanda Burger

16.

a list of people i trust... to babysit my child with autism!
Via Walk One Day In Our Shoes

17.

kids with autism... their idea of a play date
Via Shanté Nicole

18.

ways in which real autism is not like rainman: lily, how many toothpicks did you just spill on the floor? six.
Via Jessica Wade

19.

you might be an autism parent if your child sounds like a college professor talking about mythical monsters but can't tell you what happened at school that day
Via Helena Wish

20.

autism parents after a meltdown
Via Melissa Giambastiani

21.

autism moms, what my friends think i do, what my mother thinks i do, what society thinks i do, what the government thinks i do, what i think i do, what i really do
Via Joye Jones

22. 

mommy will be right out... i'm going potty
Via Melissa Cote. Image from What Does The Kid Say video.

23.

me: if someone mistreats my child with special needs
Via Walk One Day In Our Shoes

24.

an autism parent's worst nightmare... seasoning!
Via Our Adventures with Riley

25.

 

my child does not look autistic and you don't look ignorant yet here we are
Via Dana Fiedler

26.

it doesn't have to make sense to you... respect that it makes sense to them
Via Sarah Hoyle

27.

how was the movie last night? the 2-minutes that we watched 45 times was pretty good...
Via Gena Noslen

*”Vias” are the people who submitted the memes to The Mighty, not necessarily the meme’s creator. 

Which favorites did we miss? Let us know in the comments below. 


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